Seminarian Jiries Khalil shares his spiritual path
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth, I consecrated ou” (Jeremiah 1:5)
My name is Jiries Majed Abu Khalil. I am 21 years old and I was born on the 17th of May 2001. I am originally from Jifna, a small village near Ramallah in the West Bank, but my family moved to Jerusalem eight years ago.
My calling to enter the seminary became stronger after I had received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 17th of May 2013. At the end of the Mass, the bishop suggested I join the seminary if I wanted. I thought a lot about it because I knew it was not going to be an easy decision to make. I finally made my decision to get a taste of that life by joining the minor seminary so I could learn more about Jesus, about the vocation and about the Patriarchate I belong to.
I entered the minor Seminary in 2014. After finishing school, I stayed here and entered the propaedeutic year to know if my vocation was to serve God as a priest or to serve him as just a believer.
So, I entered the propaedeutic year to know if that was my vocation, and following this year and two years of philosophy I was certain of it and my decision to become a priest. I recognized that the voice of the bishop at that time was the voice of the Holy Spirit calling on me to be God’s servant. As the above quoted verse from (Jeremiah 1:5) states, I feel my mission in life had already been decided from the day of my conception in my mother’s womb. The day I received the sacrament of confirmation when I first felt my calling was also my 12th birthday. That is why I feel I was called to be a servant of God the day I was born, May 17th.
Finally, I hope to become a good priest, and a good shepherd. So, I ask you to pray for me on my journey towards becoming what God wants me to be. Thank you so much.